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Local author's novel published posthumously
Local author's novel published posthumously

ROME, Ga. -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau will honor a local author whose novel was published after his death.

Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone is the first novel in a planned adventure series. Its author, Jason Fordham, died of cancer last September at age 39.

Rome's Last Stop Gift Shop will hold a book debut event for Lords of the North Kingdom on Thursday, July 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jim Curry published the book in Fordham's memory.

"Jason was an avid reader, actor, director, producer, game designer and writer, to mention only a few of his creative and intellectual endeavors," Curry said. "While most of his life's work was devoted to community theater, Jason was just as passionate about his other pursuits."

Fordham was a fixture at the Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation, serving on the boards of directors for both. He was also manager of the American Eagle Outfitters store at Mount Berry Square. The Carrollton native moved to Rome to pursue degrees in music and English from Shorter University.

Thursday's book event is free and open to the public. The novel is about two friends, Caleb and Simon, who encounter magic and adventure during a journey to a forbidden ring of ancient stones.

In addition to Lords of the North Kingdom, Fordham published a novella, Bastard's Persecution, in 2009. He also designed two games, Dig and Deck of Thieves.

The Last Stop Gift Shop is located inside the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 402 Civic Center Drive.